In September 2011 The White House released an online petition tool, We the People, with the supposed goal of helping create a more open forum between the frederal government and the common people. Anyone over the age of 13 can submit a petition for public signatures.
According to NORML, “Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol” was the most popular petition submitted, garnering 74,169 signatures in a month, which surpassed the current 25,000 signature requirement for an official response.
The White House posted their response this Friday titled “What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana” which said, “Simply put [marijuana] is not a benign drug,” and used language that was essentially a tepid endorsement of The War of Drugs.
NORML posted an extensive and scientifically cited rebuttal to the White House’s response on why National Drug Control Policy’s Gil Kerlikowske’s response was made of poor logic and lies.
The Internet has responded with “Publicly Request the Resignation of Gil Kerlikowske,” which echoes NORML’s rebuttal post points and ends succinctly with:
We demand the resignation of Gil Kerlikowske; and the legalization of marijuana.